Certified Environmental Law Specialist and Counsel, Gowling WLG Adjunct Professor and Co-Academic Director Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinical Program, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
David Estrin is recognized as Canada’s senior environmental law specialist, as well as for his international climate justice and human rights endeavours. In 2014 David co-chaired the International Bar Association Task Force that produced a groundbreaking report, Achieving Justice and Human Rights in an Era of Climate Disruption. He currently co-chairs an IBA expert working group drafting a Model Climate Change Legal Remedies Statute. His current professional activities and research are focussed on the use of domestic litigation in various legal systems to limit greenhouse gas emissions, and on innovative approaches to address climate change loss and damage. David is Counsel to Gowling WLG, a leading international law firm, a council member of the IBA Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL), and Co-Academic Director of the Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinical Program at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University, Toronto).
For more than 40 years David has exclusively practised environmental and resources law, taught widely at law and environmental studies faculties and written leading texts, including Business Guide to Environmental Law, which provides unique and continuously updated insights into Canadian (and comparative U.S.) environmental law developments affecting the business community. He is the founding editor of the Canadian Environmental Law Reports and a past Chair of the IBA Environment, Health & Safety Law Committee.
In 2006 the Canadian Bar Association honoured his achievements in the development of Canadian environmental law practice by establishing the David Estrin Prize for the best scholarly essay in environmental, energy or resources law by a Canadian law student. In 2016, David received the Law Society of Upper Canada Medal to recognize his outstanding career achievements and community contributions.